The rides have pulled in, and are waiting to be set up. The Kiwanis Club has gone through and cleaned up its fairgrounds at Garoutte Park. And the time has once again arrived for everyone’s favorite end-of-summer activity—the Republic Kiwanis Fall Festival.
Residents are eagerly awaiting the start of the festival this Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m., which kicks off with wristband night on the carnival rides. It’s a time when parents can bring their kids and take unlimited rides on their favorite ones between 6 and 10 p.m.
But don’t forget all the other activities that go on, and all the different organizations, churches and non-profit groups that will be on hand “hawking their wares” and “selling food” of all proportions. Surely there will be something to delight your tastebuds—whether it be the Rainbow Girls Taco Stand or the Hood United Methodist Church’s funnel cakes or the First Baptist Church’s baked potatoes or even the ever popular pineapple whip and regular carnival fair of hot dogs, nachos, caramel apples and cotton candy.
Although it can be a long three days of covering it for the paper, I still enjoy visiting with people, watching the entertainment, and seeing people who I might not have seen in a while.
The Fall Festival serves as a time for kids to get back in touch with their school friends, and marks the winding down of the summer season. It is also a time for everyone to go out, let loose, and enjoy his/herself. I encourage you to relax and have a little fun. While it might seem a little expensive, just remember that all the money raised at the booths goes to help the local non-profits, and the Kiwanis Club uses the money it raises throughout the year to help others in Republic.
The Kiwanis Club works hard to put on this festival each year, and puts a lot of volunteer hours into make it a success. So I encourage you to come out and support them this year.